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Good Samaritan laws vary from state to state in the USA (all 50 states have one). Most states provide some level of protection from liability to trained medical personal, doctors, nurses, first responders, etc. Whether your UK training / licensing would qualify would depend on the wording of that state's law. Some states provide even broader protections ...


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You can get arrested for any kind of physical behaviour between a fellow person, all it takes is a mistaken thought, a sensitive victim and a sheer amount of bad luck. Can it happen? Yes Will it happen? Maybe (Probably not) A lot of First aid is physical and not the soft kind of physical. It's an open ended book in which if you did somehow piss off that ...


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Commonly, emergency phone numbers like 911 in the US or 112 in most European countries can not be called from abroad. Even within the country, emergency calls are usually handled completely different in the phone network, allowing the calls to be connected with priority, routed to the closest dispatcher centre and passing on details about the caller like ...


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In Canada, we are trained to do many skills in basic first aid, and we can do them as long as we have consent or implied consent (i.e. unconscious person). The Good Samaritan Act in Canada allows us to do whatever our skills have taught us to do, and we cannot be sued for it. Having said that, I also have not seen anyone get sued for performing First Aid, ...


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Conversely, if you are trained and have the ability to potentially save a person’s life and you do not act, someone may be able to sue you anyway. I knew of a trained counselor that was sharing a residence with someone else. The roommate killed himself and the parents sued the counselor for not seeing the signs and acting by using his own skills, or report ...


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The advice given to me in my paramedic course, and the advice I give my students is along the lines of: Anyone can sue you for anything at any time, for any reason. (They won't necessarily be successful.) If you act in the best interests of the patient, acting as a reasonable and prudent person, you'll most likely be fine. A lot of people that are sued for ...


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First, there are good samaritan laws that protect you if acting in good faith to provide assistance. As mentioned these vary state to state, but if you act within the scope of first aid they should protect you. However as also mentioned for someone who is conscious you must obtain consent. Note, I am not a lawyer, but a former paramedic. Essentially ask ...


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DO NOT DRINK THE TAP WATER IN NICARAGUA. I went to Diriamba, it is west of Managua. I drank bottled water, but brushed my teeth with tap water. Tap water made me sick with TD. The Hospitals are not as clean as in the States either, and they choose who the treat. Please keep this in mind. Spend the money on bottled water, and use it to brush your teeth also. ...



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